The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has launched a three-tier collection of irreplaceable tokens on the digital marketplace Rarible to support MET Orchestra musicians affected by the pandemic.
The collections honor a May 2021 concert at the Morton H. Symphony Center in Texas. The orchestra is led by DSO Music Director Favio Luisi and is a combination of DSO and MET Orchestra musicians. This is the first time that many non-DSO musicians have performed for a live audience since the pandemic shut down live music performances in early 2020.
“It is devastating that these incredible musicians have not had the opportunity to perform together in over a year,” Luisi said in a statement.” Sadly, this is the case for many musicians across the country, many of whom have been greatly affected by this reduction in income. I urge the DSO to find a way to bring musicians together to make music in a way we haven’t heard in over a year as a symbol of unity.”
The NFT features videos of the entire concert, including behind-the-scenes footage and a VIP experience of the reunion concert, which includes dinner with the musicians, airfare and hotel accommodations. The starting bid is $50,000.
The three-tier collection also includes 25 NFTs, each priced at $100, featuring audio of the final movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 performed by the orchestra at the concert, as well as photos of the musicians and the performance. Another 15 NFTs, priced at $1,000 each, feature a video of the symphony’s first movement, a clip of an interview with Favio Luisi, and a ticket to the 2022 New York City reunion concert.
“The partnership with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra marks an important milestone in our journey to bring NFT into the mainstream and reach new audiences,” said Alex Salnikov, co-founder and head of product at Rarible.” This NFT truly proves that NFT can generate value for artists and creators by creating new revenue streams”